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The Binyamin police station inaugurated Wednesday morning a new "integrated policing" program for the station, together with the Binyamin Regional Council.

Binyamin, a region to the east of Jerusalem, is considered part of Judea and Samaria. It encompasses everything from Yericho (Jericho) to Shiloh to Geva Binyamin (Adam) and Beit El.

Binyamin's Jewish population has a history that includes clashes between the local Israelis and police. Jewish residents have expressed the feeling that police ignore legality and carry out wrongful arrests, removing people from their homes and even destroying them, while under-reacting to Arab Palestinian flouting of the law.

Officials tout the integrated patrol program as a new chapter in cooperation and relations with the police.

From today, a police vehicle, containing one policeman and one local municipal inspector (who works to ticket people who violate municipal laws, such as loose animals or trash in the road), will patrol every Jewish community in the Binyamin region, in order to take care of issues such as noise complaints in quiet neighborhoods.

Deputy District Commander of Judea and Samaria, Brigadier General David Bitton celebrated the move. According to him, although "integrated policing in Binyamin is not new to the state of Israel," it is significant in a region which has not had enough positive cooperation between locals and police.

"Here, it signifies the complete cooperation between the 'settlers' and Israel Police, through their joint action. As the number of people drafting into the Israel Police from the 'settlement' grows, integrated policing is a necessary step to ensure a better quality of life," Biton continued.

The commander of the Binyamin police station, Commander Dudi Hayoun, added: "Today, our integrated action upgrades to another level. The Israel Police generally works together with municipal councils, but the special relationship between the police of the Judea-Samaria District with the 'settlement' [population] only improves and grows stronger.

"Today, the integrated patrol car begins a new era of enforcing quality of life in the areas under the jurisdiction of the Binyamin Regional Council."

Head of the Binyamin Municipal Council, Avi Roeh, also applauded the new initiative.

"Israel Police are a part of the population, and the dialogue and integration with them is very important. The integrated patrol car, including a policeman and an inspector, is another step in the joint efforts towards normalization of [Jewish life] Judea and Samaria."